Northwest Yachting May 2019

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CRUISing With CRIT OF THE SPECIES: TUGS

As we get ready for boating season, you may invite that new puppy or rescue kitten aboard for a summer cruise. After deciding to take my pup boating, I soon realized it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Kip McSnip, an apricot-colored Border collie mix, and I spent 16 years cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, and the South Pacific. He was my best mate and best friend. Over the years and the nautical miles, we met countless captains who sailed with animal companions. Not just cats and dogs mind you, but every sort of creature from ferrets to parrots to a pot-bellied pig. We met a couple who kept a fishbowl onboard and a family who traveled with lizards, and even watched

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By Jessica H. Stone

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monkeys swing from the rigging. All these critters were beloved buddies who added challenges and great joy to the adventures of their human friends. If you’re planning to boat with your furry pals this season you may want to devote some prep time to ensure their comfort and safety aboard. Here are a few tips that will ease your challenges and increase everyone’s fun. For the sake of length, we’ll stick to cats and dogs for the moment. Six common areas of concern to pet owners are: boarding from the dock and